Birds Nest Breakfast Cups
Hash browns and cheese pressed into a muffin tin, filled with an egg, topped with bacon, sausage or cheese then baked in the oven for a delicious and simple breakfast! These may not look like a picture from a magazine but my gosh were they easy and we loved the way they tasted. I even ate them as leftovers the next day. I microwaved them for 1 – 2 minutes and they were still fantastic. I will definitely be making these again.
In a large bowl add the hash browns,
cheese, oil, salt and pepper.
Toss with you hands until combined.
Spray a 12 cup muffin pan
liberally with cooking oil.
Divide the hash brown mixture evenly
between the 12 cups. I used an ice
cream scoop to make it easier.
Using your fingers, press the mixture
against the sides and bottom forming
the shape of a nest.
Generously spray the hash
browns with cooking oil.
Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for
20 – 25 minutes until the hash browns are
golden brown on the edge. Keep a close eye
on them so they don’t burn. Let hash browns
cool for 15 minutes on a cooling rack.
Reduce the oven to 425 degrees.
Crack an egg into each nest
trying not to break the yolk.
Optional: Place small pieces of cooked
bacon on top. You can use small pieces of
cooked sausage or cheese if you want or
just use the egg without a topping.
Bake for 12 minutes or until the egg
whites are set and the yolk is to your
desired doneness. I added more salt and
pepper to the top but that is optional.
Use a fork and release the egg
nests from the pan then serve.
Birds Nest Breakfast Cups
- 16 oz. frozen hash browns, thawed
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 12 large eggs
- spray cooking oil
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- Optional: Cooked bacon bits, cooked sausage or extra cheese for the top
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- In a large bowl add the hash browns, cheese, oil, salt and pepper. Toss with your hands until combined.
- Spray a 12 cup muffin pan liberally with cooking oil.
- Divide the hash brown mixture between the 12 muffin cups evenly. I did this using an ice cream scoop as it made it easier.
- Using your fingers press the hash browns onto the bottom and sides of the muffin cups so it looks like the shape of a nest.
- Generously spray the hash browns with cooking oil.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the hash browns are a golden brown on the edge. Watch them carefully the last couple of minutes so they do not burn.
- Place the pan on a rack and let cool for 15 minutes.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 425 degrees.
- Crack one egg into each nest trying not to break the yolks.
- Optional: Sprinkle the top of the egg lightly with cheese, cooked bacon pieces or cooked sausage.
- Bake for 12 minutes or until the egg whites are set and the yolk is to your desired doneness.
- Using a fork, release the nest from the pan then serve.
I can’t take credit but they turned out so good Ellen.
They look delicious! I’ll just leave my gall bladder on the table when I’m done. Haha. I had to give up fatty a while back. Your killing me Diane!
My gall bladder is already gone now I know why! Hahahaha
Great for when you’re catering for a crowd
They would be great for a crowd!
I’ve made these and they are scrumptious!
They really are aren’t they! Thank you Nancy! ❤
Oh, Diane, they look delicious and so mouthwatering 😋 and what an easy peasy recipe to have something special for breakfast or an extended Sunday brunch. Thanks for sharing this ✨.
You’re welcome Daniela! Thank you for your nice comment!
Ooh, I might make these for Christmas morning
You could even make the nest the day before and refrigerate them in the pan. Then just add the egg, topping and bake on Christmas.
such a good plan
Can’t believe I’ve not had these!! They look fantastic!!!
I have been wanting to make them forever! Thank you I thought they were delicious! ❤
looks absolutely delicious…I’d probably have to do with out the eggs though, as my tummy can’t handle them 🙁
Thank you! How about an egg substitute?
Another tasty-looking recipe!
I love food that smiles back at me.
You crack me up! (Get it…crack as in egg) OK that was bad! lol
I bet they were awesome!!!
Thank you Bernice! They were my perfect combination because I always mix my eggs into my hash browns.
Maybe, I can eat brownies and things like that, as long as eggs aren’t the main ingredient. There was a day I could eat eggs, trying to slowly reintroduce them
Aww so sorry! Well I have a lot of other delicious recipes for you to try!
Have you tried adding diced bell peppers and onions to the hashbrowns before cooking?
I don’t think the hash browns would stick to the pan. But it’s a great idea Robert! Maybe sprinkle them on the bottom after you make the nest?
I’ve made these before and they are scrumptious!
Yes they sure are!!!!
Oh yummy looking – what time are you serving them up Diane?
9:00 am Linda! Thanks!
Darn I missed it this morning – I had a computer issue and dashed out of the house in a hurry and just was on WordPress about 3 minutes only. I’ll be there with (Jingle) bells on Diane.
Everything you make is my favorite.
Oh stop you are giving me a big head! Hahahaha Thank you!
Oh looks really good, but I love my eggs fully cooked 🙂 blessings!
These are cooked to your desired doneness. You leave them in the oven until the egg is cooked exactly how you love them cooked.
Oh okay, cool.
Now that is something different I could try at the men’s breakfast at church. Thanks for sharing!
Oh yes that would be great! You’re welcome!
These look soooo amazingly good right now! Wish I had a few!!
Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Thank you Bobbie and you’re welcome!
Like mini breakfast casseroles…I’ll have to try it.
Right and what’s nice is you can make the topping on each one however you want for more variety! Enjoy!!!!
I will…thanks, Diane. 🙂
I’ll take anything with bacon and eggs! Yum 😛
I like the way you think! Thanks!
Haha! No problem
I must say this, you have got a very rich kitchen.thank for sharing this
These look fun 🙂
They really were and delicious. Thanks!
Perfect breakfast 😋😋
Definitely was!!! They were fun to make too!
How fun & creative, Diane! Those eggs look perfect. 😍
Thank you it was a fun meal!
Thanks Ace! Happy New Year!